Thursday, 12 October 2017

LISTEN: Tempesst - 'Waiheke'

They were one of my favourite new bands of last year so I'm seriously excited to see that the lovely Tempesst chaps are back! Returning last week with news of upcoming debut EP Adult Wonderland, set for release on October 27th, the band premiered new tune Waiheke with DIY who described it as "a slice of swirling folk, the track [...] rises and falls in gorgeous waves." It felt like a slow burner at first but after repeated listens I've quickly fallen in love with the tune which sits nicely alongside their previous releases Broke Down Blues and Tidal Wave (there's more on Soundcloud!)

The band head on a short run of shows to promote the release of the EP this December, taking in London's Shacklewell Arms on 6th, before Southampton on 7th and Manchester on 8th (with more shows still to be announced!) Grab tickets for all of those here.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

WATCH: Ady Suleiman performs 'What's The Score' for Mahogany Sessions

Since being introduced to his tunes a couple of years ago by a friend who recommended that we check his set out at Bushstock Festival, I've harboured a love for Ady Suleiman. His beautiful voice drew me in to tunes like So Lost and State Of Mind and new release Not Giving Up, which premiered online a couple of weeks ago, didn't disappoint. You can listen to a live performance of that track here, but for now, here's a stunning new session of What's The Score filmed in a French vineyard with Mahogany Sessions

Ady Suleiman plays a tiny run of UK shows in November, taking in Rock City in his hometown Nottingham, The Lantern in Bristol and London's Jazz Cafe - London sold out very quickly and tickets for Nottingham and Bristol are running low, grab the last few here.

Monday, 9 October 2017

LISTEN: Joseph J. Jones releases new single 'Crawl'

With him constantly being championed by Communion Music I'd never doubt that Joseph J. Jones is anything short of wonderful and he's certainly proven himself true to that accolade through new single Crawl which was released last week. I was luck to catch him perform a support slot for Jack Savoretti at Royal Festival Hall on Southbank back in March and at a Communion showcase gig in May and the track quickly became a live favourite of mine and I'm chuffed that it's been released into the world! Take a listen below and if you like what you're hearing, check out more of JJJ's tunes, including previous single Gospel Truth, over on his Soundcloud. Dare I say it..... he's certainly one to watch!

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Friday, 6 October 2017

LISTEN: The fin. release 'Heat (It covers everything)'

I was introduced to Japanese indie-rockers The fin. when they played our Tigmus stage at The Alternative Escape back in May. Despite some technical issues and delays meaning their set was cut short, the guys delivered a really enjoyable set and I was intrigued to see a new tune from them in my inbox! Re-releasing a track that was on a previous EP, the band describe the new version as "repetitive [with] a big world and reality in it", describing the track as being "about energy which is around everywhere or inside you, and states that it conflicts each other in many ways." Its synths and the dreamy atmosphere the band create are sure to impress fans of the likes of Friendly Fires and Metronomy, and if you like what you're hearing, the chaps are on tour in the UK this week supporting KOYO, before a support slot with Clay on 29th October at Camden Assembly.

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Thursday, 5 October 2017

LIVE: The Hoosiers at The Bodega, Nottingham (29/9/17)

Rewind ten years and you'll find The Hoosiers gearing up to release their debut album The Trick To Life, which quickly became a cult classic, reaching number one in the album chart and propelling them into the spotlight. If you can't recall the band by their name, you'll almost certainly know the hits Goodbye Mr AWorried About Ray and Cops and Robbers (and most likely remember all of the lyrics!) Return to the current day and a lot has changed for the band, with the departure from their major label a few years back, line-up changes, and three further records under their belt (listen to them all on Spotify.) Ten years on from the first record in 2007, they've just kicked off a tour to celebrate it's anniversary, and I was lucky to head to the first night of the tour last Friday at The Bodega in Nottingham!

Having been a huge fan since the first album was released, I first saw the band live in May 2011 when they toured to promote their second album. I'd been to a couple of open air concerts in my hometown before but this was the first gig that I begged my parents to take me to so it was a pretty big deal! Since then the band have been super important in my life... looking back I honestly believe that getting to see them play and meeting them back then had a huge impact on how much I love music, which means an awful lot as its the industry I work in and have so much passion for now (and that love is what kicked off the blog!) I've made lifelong friends through the band, been to lots more shows (Friday's was the fifteenth) and made some beautiful memories at those, not to mention writing my final year dissertation in part about the band and interviewing them and some of their fans for it. 

Friday's gig was kicked off by local artist Joseph Knight playing some sad acoustic tunes (who doesn't love sad songs?!) - check out his tune Minutes. After a quick turnaround, the stage was ready for The Hoosiers, but first they gave us an unusual warm-up, inviting two fans up to the stage to do a spot of karaoke. It's a first for me but I found myself thinking at the time that every gig should start that way, as the tunes (Here It Goes Again and Naive) lightened up the crowd and got everybody singing along.

The Hoosiers soon took to the stage, performing a set of two halves, first performing The Trick To Life in full. TTTL is such a poignant album from my youth and is really special to me so getting to hear it played live among a sold out crowd of people who clearly loved the record just as much and sang along to all the words was an incredible experience. Despite Worried About Ray and Goodbye Mr A coming early in the set (a little disorienting as they've finished with GMA at possibly every show I've seen them play) the band and audience maintained as much energy for the rest of the tracks from the album. It blew my mind just how well the rest of the crowd knew the lyrics to each song from the album, including the quiter, slower numbers like Clinging On For Life which I recorded and you can watch below and my personal favourite Everything Goes Dark. The first half of the set was topped off with Irwin inviting a fan onstage to sing the album's last track Money To Be Made with him - I almost wish I'd been brave at the time as I know the track inside out and reckon it'd be pretty unforgettable, but the chap who put himself forward did a great job and wasn't actually a bad singer!

After a quick departure from the stage the band returned to play the second half of the set, kicking off with a tune from their latest record, Pristine, followed up by first album B-side Rules, which I can't say I ever expected to hear live! Somewhere In The Distance and Up To No Good, which feature mini Teardrops and I Can't Feel My Face covers followed and went down really well with the crowd, carrying on the big singalongs, before they finished up with second album single Choices. Despite being the first show of the tour the show was just as awesome as the first time I saw them live, and I especially need to give a shoutout to Paul Frith and Leighton Allen who have joined the band recently for live shows on keys and bass respectively - both doing a cracking job!! The night was topped off by bumping into Irwin and Paul outside the venue afterwards, it's always lovely to catch up, especially as it was my Mum's first time seeing the band since Summer 2015 - cue a reunion selfie!

If you made it this far in the post and want to relive a slice of 2007 for yourself, check out the rest of the tour dates, including a show at London's famous Scala next Friday (13th Oct) on the band's website here, but be quick as many of the shows are selling out!

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

WATCH: Fizzy Blood perform 'ADHD' for VEVO dscvr

I shared the Fizzy Blood tune Summer of Luv a couple of months back and have been wanting to write up about their EP of the same name ever since.... upon finally getting round to it I've found this cracking session they've filmed with VEVO dscvr of my favourite tune from the EP, ADHD. The band hail from Leeds and with support coming from all angles they're having a brilliant year which will only get better with upcoming support tours alongside Arcane Roots and Dinosaur Pile Up over the next couple months (full dates and tickets here - they're even coming to my little old town Peterborough!) Check out the full Summer of Luv EP here and watch the session below...

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Monday, 2 October 2017

WATCH: Josh McGovern - 'The Devil Below Me'

If like me you're a fan of modern folk from the likes of Matthew & The Atlas, Ben Howard and Fleet Foxes, I reckon you'll enjoy this new (ish) tune from Brighton's Josh McGovern. Premiering the video for The Devil Below Me at the end of August, The Independent called Josh "an accomplished, intriguing new talent" and they're certainly not wrong there. The track is my first introduction to Josh and I've gone on to check out a live video of his tune Brother, equally intriguing and just as brilliant a tune!

About the new track, Josh says that "I really wanted to make a video that would complement the story of the song. I guess it’s all about burying your past problems. The video was filmed and edited by my good friend and filmmaker Sam Shaw. It took five separate shoots to film because we were battling the English weather but it ended up being something that I’m really proud of.” With a depth of tone reminiscent of the likes of George Ezra and Joseph J Jones, the track is a beautiful combination of folk and daydreaming Americana, with sweeping harmonies that have cemented themselves into the front of my mind after a few repeated listens - I'll certainly be looking out for more from this young artist!

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Friday, 29 September 2017

WATCH: Sugarmen - 'Push Button Age'

If you're into the likes of The Magic Gang and Spring King you should love these chaps, Liverpool indie rockers Sugarmen who have recently released Push Button Age, a fast paced and punchy single, sure to get live audiences up and dancing. Following a successful few years taking their tunes to the likes of Seoul, SXSW, Reading & Leeds and further around the globe, they are set to release their debut album Local Freaks on 6th October. Following support slots with The Jesus and Mary Chain in Liverpool and Sheffield in September, the four-piece headline Sebright Arms in London for their album launch on 5th October - tickets here!

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

WATCH: Low Island - 'Tomorrow' for Mahogany

Oxford's Low Island are by far one of my favourite new bands of the moment, with the incredible tracks That Kind Of Love and Holding It Down under their belts. In the run up to some live shows across the country they're releasing a new seven track EP, kicking it off with The Lines, a track as energetic and punchy as we've come to expect from the band - an instant dance floor filler. They've followed it up recently with the second tune from the EP, the comparatively gentle but equally (if not more so) beautiful Tomorrow. Carlos from the band has performed a live session of the track in a 1930s Art Deco music hall for the wonderful people of the Mahogany Sessions, and it's making me incredibly jealous of those who caught their stripped back set at Sofar Sounds Oxford for Amnesty International last week! Check out their upcoming tour dates here - including two nights at London's Corsica Studios in November.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

WATCH: MarthaGunn perform 'Honest' for The Crypt Sessions

I posted about them just a couple of weeks ago but couldn't resist sharing this beautiful session from MarthaGunn, one of my fave new bands of the moment. They've been busy in the studio over Summer and took a break from a recording session to perform their tune Honest for The Crypt Sessions, a lovely stripped back version where Abi's vocals take the forefront. In love with these guys and reckon you should be too - keep an eye on their Facebook for future show announcements and new tunes!

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

LISTEN: Carroll - 'Velvet'

I've been listening to Too Many Zooz a bit lately and reckon you honestly can't get much better than this performance on the subway in New York a couple of months ago - who doesn't want a loud awakening at 3am from those chaps?! Perhaps for this reason the email I received from US four-piece Carroll a while back stood out as they mentioned their track having some saxophone in it courtesy of Gabriel Garcia. Always a good thing! Describing Velvet as a bridge between the "cosmic psychedelia" of their 2016 record As Far As Gardens Go and a newer sound, it does exactly what it says on the tin, a pure piece of musical velvet. As the band write, "If As Far As Gardens Go found us hurtling through wormholes and electrical storms in space, then "Velvet" more likely has the four us playing in a smoky lounge with soft pink lighting, dark vines creeping in around us, and plush furniture of an otherworldly material." Take a listen below...

Friday, 22 September 2017

WATCH: Rae Morris - 'DO IT'

One of the best tunes I've heard in a while, taken from an upcoming album I'm pretty excited for, here's the video for DO IT from Rae Morris. About the video, Rae wrote on Facebook that she "had such an incredible time making this video with Noel Paul in NYC. coney island, baseball, helicopter rides & karaoke... genuine fun with amazing people." That's a pretty accurate summary - the only things to add are that if you like ice cream and dogs the video is probably for you!

DO IT is from Rae's upcoming second album (release date yet to be confirmed), the follow up to 2015's stunning release Unguarded. Rae tours this month to preview tunes from the album, heading to Norwich, Nottingham, Salisbury and Leeds before finishing up in London at Islington Assembly Hall on 28th. Grab the last few tickets for the shows here!

Monday, 18 September 2017

LISTEN: Smash Boom Pow release 'Way Too Much'

One of the best things about running this blog is the huge wave of emails I get daily, introducing me to new tunes from artists of all kinds of genres and from various places around the world. Today we head to Vancouver, Canada with brothers Ulysses and Zane Coppard, aka alt-pop duo Smash Boom Pow (who doesn't love a bit of onomatopoeia?!) Way Too Much is the first single from their upcoming EP, a track that vocalist Ulysses came up with to "clear some heavy vibes from his atmosphere", with the refrain "you're asking way too much of me" referring to "unfair emotional demands and the psychic damage they can inflict", particularly when it comes to a relationship.

Get listening below and follow Smash Boom Pow online - Twitter | Facebook | Instagram.

Friday, 15 September 2017

LIVE: Banfi at The Lexington (12/9/17)

I've been a little bit in love with Banfi since catching them live for the first time back in November at their residency of free gigs at Old Blue Last and upon meeting the guys for the first time supporting Bear's Den in Oxford back in March. In the relatively short amount of time that has passed since those shows, things have been going incredibly well for the band - as well as touring the UK and Europe with Bear's Den and no doubt gaining countless fans in the process, they've been busy recording, releasing some cracking new music and playing many brilliant festivals. One of the first of those was Communion's Bushstock at the start of Summer, the last time I caught them live before this week, when I caught the London date of their first headline tour.

Banfi at The Lexington

Opening up the night was Bryde, with Joe explaining that the band had seen her performing at a festival this Summer and asked her along to support on the tour, and she said yes! With a drummer and bassist in tow she delivered an impressive set, commandeering the crowd into near silence from the first notes! Spiralling between loud, punchy tracks and slower, sadder numbers, the set flowed by quickly - a sign of a brilliant support act (with the other end of the spectrum being never-ending tracks when you're waiting for the headliner!) Check out a live video of the tune Less below, which I've added to the CMAT playlist this week - check that out on Spotify here!

Once Bryde finished up it wasn't long before Banfi took to the stage, by which point the room was totally packed out. Selling out a show is always a huge achievement and never to be snuffed at, and on stage it was clear how surprised the band were that so many had decided to spend their evening listening to their beautiful tunes! With the crowd singing back the refrains of Happy When You Go and Rosedale House you could feel the happiness radiating from the guys, writing of the show after that it was "absolutely MENTAL ... If you saw us at any point after you probably noticed us beaming from ear to ear. Big up yourselves for making that our greatest show to date!" A highlight for all has to be their latest single June, for which they shared the music video on Friday, once again directed by the über talented Jake Dypka, and which is a totally beautiful piece - get watching below!

If you're in Birmingham, Nottingham or Leeds you're in luck as the Banfi tour is still to take in your lovely cities - last few tickets for the shows here. I for one hugely recommend getting along to see them perform if you get the chance... not only do they give a fantastic live performance of their wonderful tunes, but they're lovely chaps too who will always be down for a chat at the merch stand! Now to carry on waiting for a full record of Banfi tunes... 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

LISTEN: David Ramirez - 'Stone Age'

Taken from We're Not Going Anywhere, which was released on Friday, here is David Ramirez's tune Stone Age. To record the album, Ramirez, who has always co-produced or self-produced his records, hired Sam Kassirer to produce and help evolve the recording process, decamping his band to the Greath North Sound Society, an eighteenth-century farmhouse in rural Maine that serves as Kassirer's studio. As an American of Mexican descent, Ramirez wrote the album as a response to the current American political landscape. About the track, he writes that "I was visiting my girlfriend in London during July 4th week last year, and waking up every morning there was a lot of stuff going on here in the States. I was reading the news as far as police vs. Black Lives, violence and things like that, marches and rallies and the gay club in Orlando getting shot up. It was just strange. I found myself in a state of mourning for the country, so I started writing that song over there, thinking, 'Maybe I should stay here.’”

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

WATCH: Public Service Broadcasting - 'Turn No More'

The wonderful chaps of Public Service Broadcasting have shared a video for the tune Turn No More, taken from recent (and brilliant) record Every Valley. A slight departure from their previous records, it's the first to feature guest vocalists and this track features Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, who stars in the video too. Charting at an impressive number four in the album charts back in July, this is the fourth track to be taken from the record, a concept album surrounding the theme of mining in the Welsh Valleys. Talking about the track, PSB's J. Willgoose Esq. says that "I wanted the track to have a restrained, plaintive, defiant but still angry feel, and working with James’ voice and the source material was a big part of that, especially layering the voices towards the end. At its heart it’s a song about the people living with the aftermath – both environmental and personal – of the desolation caused both by the practices of an industry and its subsequent collapse.”

With a North American tour this month, PSB head back to play UK tour in October, with shows in Cardiff, Norwich, Manchester, Newcastle, Glasgow, Leeds, Coventry, Nottingham, Bristol, Portsmouth, Bexhill and London's Hammersmith Apollo - full dates including a 20-date European tour in November on the band's site here.

Monday, 11 September 2017

WATCH: Geowulf - 'Drink Too Much'

Australian duo Geowulf first came onto my radar last Summer, playing at a show for Doctors Without Borders alongside King Charles, Tom Figgins and Tempesst - a cracking line-up! Following the absolute stunner Saltwater and a couple more singles over the year, the duo, made up of Star Kendrick and Toma Banjanin, recently released new tune Drink Too Much. In the track's video premiere on Wonderland Magazine Star talks about the track being inspired by "The worst night of my life. A big big break up created from one awful night on the booze", before going on to talk about an album release - exciting! Check out the video below...

Sunday, 10 September 2017

LISTEN: Park Hotel - 'Going West'

Digging this tune from my inbox from post-electronic dance band Park Hotel who launched the track with a sold out single launch show at The Lexington back in June. Centring around the duo Tim Abbey and Rebeca Marcos-Roca, the band explore "the mirrorball-noir territory between alternative arena electronica and wired downtown songwriting", resulting in a funky tune and this glorious music video, a collaboration with artist Henry. Henry joins them as support act this Thursday when they headline The Pickle Factory in London (14th September - tickets here) - as a live outfit they expand into a six piece with three way vocal harmonies, two guitars, drums, percussion and keyboards - check out a live video here and keep an ear to the ground for new tunes if you're digging this as much as I am!

Saturday, 9 September 2017

LISTEN: Noah Gundersen - 'The Sound'

Noah Gundersen has shared the first single from his upcoming record White Noise, released through Cooking Vinyl on 22nd September. Heavier than his previous tunes, the track is a bold move for the Seattle-based musician and quite the earworm! Writing about the record on Facebook, Noah wrote that "work began last spring. I called my then manager and told him I didn’t want to go on tour in the fall. I told him I wanted to make a record. Something different. Something that was going to take some time. I started writing songs. Lots of songs. Every day. The songs were like buildings, with scaffolding and framing. Things added, things taken away. Like oil paintings, waiting for colors to dry so that the next layer could be applied."

Keep an eye out for Noah's third studio album on 22nd September - he's popping over to the UK for a couple of shows next week with London's Borderline on 11th and Manchester's Night & Day Café on the 12th! Tickets here!

Friday, 8 September 2017

LISTEN: Benjamin Clementine - 'Jupiter'

Benjamin Clementine has released Jupiter, the latest single to be taken from his upcoming record I Tell A Fly, the follow up to his Mercury Prize winning record of 2015. This new track was inspired by a U.S visa issued to Benjamin, where he was described as "alien" - shocking in an age of supposed equality. About the track and the experience, Benjamin writes that "here I was thinking I was living in a safe place, but nothing was really safe any more, or ever. It’s a poke at people being called aliens by some people, like we’re from another planet. I think we’re all forever aliens." The record was written, recorded and produced by Clementine himself in Damon Albarn's Studio 13 (following his Gorillaz collaboration earlier in the year), and is set for release on 15th September - pre-order it here!

Benjamin Clementine heads out on a UK tour later in the year, taking in Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Gateshead and Bristol, as well as a O2 Academy Brixton show on 5th December - tickets for those and his other European dates all here

Thursday, 7 September 2017

VIDEO PREMIERE: Pêtr Aleksänder - 'Bells'

I'm honoured to premiere the stunning video for new track Bells from Pêtr Aleksänder, a band consisting of Tom Hobden (Noah & The Whale, Mumford & Sons) and Eliot James (producer of debut NATW and Two Door Cinema Club records). The band combine strings, piano and electronic elements to make instrumental music, with wonderful results. Following the instant addition of their debut piece Sans Souci to Spotify playlist 'The Most Beautiful Songs In The World', they released Bells last week. Writing of the track, they explain that it is a "study in tension and release; a stability, centred around the piano, is tested but never compromised by beautiful but haunting string lines." 

The track is today given a beautiful video, flitting between simplicity and elegant choreography, a black and white masterpiece, directed by Andy Banjanin (of Tempesst) and starring BBC Young Dancer of the Year 2017 finalist Jacob Lang. Jacob performs an emotive routine, which the band describe as "punctuated by pulsating filament lightbulbs. His movement is at times angular, at others serene and fluid, and captures the fragility of the music." Give the video a few minutes of your time below...

Pêtr Aleksänder play their debut show supporting Susanne Sundfør on 2nd October at Union Chapel, going on to play in Glasgow at CCA (3rd Oct), Manchester at Deaf Institute (4th Oct) and Dublin at Sugar Club (7th Oct) - tickets here! The London date is sold out already, so be sure to follow the band online to keep up to date on future shows! 

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Wednesday, 6 September 2017

GIG NEWS: Flyte at The Cellar, Oxford (1st Oct)

Some super exciting Oxford gig news emerged yesterday - my pals and total legends Catgod will be supporting Flyte on their show at The Cellar alongside another brill local band 31hours. Being back at home after graduating from university in Oxford the thing I miss most is the music scene, and gigs like this make me desperate to return - it really isn't one to miss, even on a school night! If you're new to Flyte, taking a listen of their beautiful recent debut album should be enough to convince you how great a gig it'll be. Need more convincing?! Listen to this stunning Alvvays cover from the Flyte chaps. 

As well as the headliners being superb, Catgod are going from strength to strength following the release of their latest EP Someone Love with festival performances aplenty and their own headline show at the same venue back in July. Check out the total tune I'm Innocent below!

31hours released their Rockpools EP last year and they're hard at work fundraising to release their debut album physically - check out the campaign here and listen to Royal Box below!

Get along to the show and turn up early to support local, homegrown talent! Register your interest and grab tickets through the show's Facebook Event here.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

LISTEN: FAERS - 'Last Of Our Kind'

London five piece FAERS have released a tune inspired by their childhood heroes The Maccabees (it even opens with "no kind words"!) Last Of Our Kind was written during a songwriting retreat to the Welsh countryside, and has been labelled "a shimmering example of the bold and brazen songwriting that inspires youngsters to pick up guitars and form bands in the first place". It's an anthem that is hugely atmospheric and a positive sign of things to come for the band, who since forming in 2015 have already sold out various shows in London and Brighton, supported the likes of JAWS and The Cribs and appeared at Y Not and Camden Rocks festivals, as well as receiving radio support from John Kennedy at Radio X and Gary Crowley on BBC Introducing.

FAERS headline at Camden Assembly in London on Saturday (9th Sep) with support from Electric Child House and BOYS - more info here!

Monday, 4 September 2017

LISTEN: Bella McKendree releases 'Waiting' EP

Released a couple of weeks ago, I'm pleased to share this beautiful debut EP from Bella McKendree. This raw and emotional set of tracks is held together by stunning vocals, intertwined with electric guitar and trip-hop-esque drums (think Catgod), earning Bella comparisons to the likes of London Grammar and The xx. As one of five siblings, songwriting started as an escape for Bella at a young age, discovering the piano at age 11, which she describes as "a very special time and an intimate experience. From a young age I felt the need to express issues I saw around me. That’s my fire; singing for something bigger than myself, a reason beyond what I see." Bella moved to London in 2016 to start a band and has since performed at various Sofar Sounds shows as well as playing support slots for the likes of Keaton Henson and Martin Luke Brown - you can catch her EP launch at St Luke's Church in Kentish Town on 7th Sep (tickets here.)

Sunday, 3 September 2017

WATCH: MarthaGunn perform 'Hell For Leather' in Vienna

One of my favourite discoveries of the past couple of years and a highlight of my time at The Great Escape back in May, MarthaGunn have shared a live video from their time playing a bunch of shows in Europe! From a support slot with AnnenMayKantereit in Vienna, here they are performing Hell For Leather... if you like what you're hearing be sure to check out Honey, Let Me Know, another total corker, and the cover of Earth, Wind and Fire's September they performed with AnnenMayKantereit earlier in the year - it's got over 700k views!

The band being back in the UK hopefully means that they'll be back in the studio making more of their beautiful music for us, and if you're based down South you can catch them live in Brighton supporting Flyte at Patterns (dream line-up) on 16th September!

Friday, 1 September 2017

LIVE: Everything Everything at Rough Trade Nottingham (22/8/17)

It's been two weeks since Manchester's Everything Everything graced us with their fourth studio record A Fever Dream, earning themselves an early shout for my favourite record of the year. They scored an incredible number five in the album charts and a tour of instore gigs at record stores around the country helped to earn the chaps the top spot in the Official Record Store Chart - these achievements are exactly what they deserve for releasing such an exquisite record! Check out the title track being performed live earlier in the year here... a favourite of mine from the album!

I was lucky to catch them play to the tiny but totally rammed Rough Trade Nottingham last Tuesday, just a couple of days after the record was released. The sweltering heat of the store's upstairs venue space and extortionate central Notts car park prices were both worth enduring for the set, with the band playing a few tunes from the new record and following them up with live favourite Distant Past. I've seen them live before a few times and wondered whether the smaller venue and the fact that the crowd wouldn't all be familiar with the new tunes might change the vibe, but the band gave as much energy as to the crowds at their huge slots at Reading and Leeds last weekend (special shout to their keys player Peter Sené who always gives 110% on stage and is a joy to watch!) The set started with the album's opening track Night of the Long Knives which I can see becoming a live favourite very quickly and which built up the momentum and volume for the rest of the set, with singles Desire and Can't Do featuring alongside the total powerhouse Ivory Tower and another of my favourite tracks Run The Numbers. All in all it was a total joy to watch the guys playing again and even more wonderful to meet them briefly at the signing afterwards and to tell them how great they are and how much I adore the record!

Everything Everything performing at Rough Trade Nottingham on 22nd August 2017

If you'd like to catch Everything Everything play tracks from the brilliant new record A Fever Dream, be sure to grab tickets to their biggest UK and Ireland tour to date in March. It'll see them play in Dublin, Norwich, Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and Glasgow, ending on a hometown show at O2 Apollo in Manchester and a mammoth London show at Alexandra Palace. Grab your tickets from the band's website, general sale started today!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

WATCH: John Joseph Brill releases video for 'A Place To Drown'

John Joseph Brill released his I'm Not Alright EP back in July, and he's recently shared the video for the utterly soothing tune A Place To Drown. Talking to Clash about the track, John said that “it’s a song, as with the others from the EP, about needing help. Knowing your head is not right and seeking clarity in the kindness of others. In this case it’s the offer of help, a suggestion that no matter what has passed between two people one can always be there in some way to help the other escape their demons.” Check out the video below and the whole EP here!

If you like what you're hearing, John plays an EU and UK tour in November, taking in his biggest London headline show yet with a full band at The Lexington on 20th November - tickets for all the shows here!

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

LISTEN: Tinsmith - 'To Love You'

I might be wrong but Tinsmith may be the first Australian act I've shared on the blog... they're impressing with new tune To Love You, a catchy indie-rock tune with personal lyrics and a punchy beat. The band say that the track is about "trying to make a relationship work only to have it slowly deteriorate in front of you", inspired by the experiences of lead singer Chris, trying to maintain normality while spending life on the road as a full time musician. 

The oxymoronic nature of the upbeat track and melancholic lyrics is pretty endearing and a departure from previous single Breathing - I'm intrigued to see which direction they head in next!

Friday, 25 August 2017

WATCH: Flyte release documentary for release of 'The Loved Ones'

Although I've only been aware of them for a year or so, a little search online tells me that the Flyte guys have been around for a few years, a pretty permanent fixture busking around London back in 2013. The live experience shows as their harmonies are incredibly tight and make for some really beautiful tunes, including the stripped back and heartbreaking Faithless which they released last week. 

Their debut album The Loved Ones is out today... I got an early listen a few days ago and can confirm it's just as beautiful as expected. The album release is supported by the first of a four part documentary about the making of the record. A filmmaker followed the guys to Australia to capture the recording process, and it includes voiceover in the form of an incredibly personal conversation with producer Burke Reid. Check out the documentary below and watch out for the rest of it to premiere online soon... 

You can catch Flyte live as they tour to celebrate the release of the album, first with a tour of record store performances and signings including Banquet Records and Rough Trade East & Nottingham, which starts this Friday at Hundred Records near Southampton (full dates here), and then across September and October up and down the country, including their London headline at Scala. Check out all the dates and grab your tickets here!

Thursday, 24 August 2017

LISTEN: Jack Savoretti releases 'Whiskey Tango'

As if the last few weeks hadn't already been brilliant enough for new tunes, Jack Savoretti dropped entirely new tune Whiskey Tango last week and it's a total earworm - BBC Radio 2 must agree as it's just been added to the A List! Following the success of latest record Sleep No More, it's getting a re-release on the 8th September with a 'Live and Acoustic' CD headed up by this tune, alongside live versions of old tracks like Soldier's Eyes and Breaking The Rules and acoustic versions of tracks from the record including the singles I'm Yours and When We Were Lovers. Knowing just how beautiful Jack is both live and acoustic, I've got pretty high hopes for the release and I can't wait to get along to another show of his to catch this new track being played live!

Jack heads out on tour with John Legend in arenas around Europe over the next couple of months - tickets and dates here! Pre-order the Sleep No More special edition here before release on 8th September!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

LISTEN: Fizzy Blood - 'Summer of Luv'

When I saw the track title Summer of Luv I assumed the worst (though would Summer of Love really be any better?!) but contrary to my initial fears I'm actually digging this tune from Fizzy Blood! To me it sounds almost like a combination of Royal Blood and The Klaxons... and now I'm feeling severely nostalgic for Myths of the Near Future, what a record! Back to these guys, they're a five-piece band from Leeds, who released their debut EP back in 2015, resulting in a bunch of support tours and widespread praise. 2017 has seen a bunch of festival performances, including SXSW and with Reading and Leeds still to come, and the guys are back with Summer of Luv, the title track of their forthcoming EP, due on 1st September via Killing Moon/Alya Records.

Monday, 21 August 2017

WATCH: The King's Parade - 'Mother Tongue'

London based band The King's Parade released their latest EP Haze a few months back in May... it was sat in the blog's inbox for a while but upon listening to it I was instantly impressed by the band's sound. They cite The Black Keys and Half Moon Run as influences on their Facebook page and in Of Stone I think you can certainly hear the similarities - not a bad thing! The EP helped the band to gain support form the likes of BBC 6Music and BBC Introducing, and they've recently played slots at Secret Garden Party, Cornbury and Smoked & Uncut. It's all happening, it seems, and they've recently dropped a video for the EP's third track Mother Tongue, take a look below!

Sunday, 20 August 2017

WATCH: Flyte perform 'Faithless' for Sofar Sounds

As the release date of their highly anticipated (by me, at least) debut album draws ever close, Flyte casually dropped an absolute stunner of a track on Friday. Sharing the track online, they wrote that it's one of the first songs that they wrote together, so it means a lot to the band. After a few listens and putting the track onto my Spotify playlist I stumbled across this video of them performing the track for Sofar Sounds London last March which is equally as beautiful.

Flyte release their debut album The Loved Ones this Friday (25th August) and head out on a mammoth UK tour through September and October, starting in Southampton on 15th September, heading to the likes of London, Cambridge, Cardiff, Oxford, Leeds, Nottingham and more before finishing up in Bristol on 12th October - full dates and ticket links here!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

LISTEN: Low Island - 'In This Room' EP

If you're partial to a bit of BBC Radio 1 then you'll probably have heard the magnificent Low Island chaps as their tune That Kind Of Love was last week's track of the week thanks to the folks of BBC Introducing in Oxford. It's the middle track of their beautiful five track EP In This Room which was released a couple of months back which I've already given it some love on the Tigmus blog, but I realised it was about time I shared it on here!

The band are a quartet from Oxford who have had a blinder of a year, with sets at Reading and Leeds Festival coming up next weekend, some exciting headline shows under their belts and sets at so many other brilliant festivals over the past couple of months. One of those was The Great Escape, where their set was a highlight of the three-day festival for me... it was my first proper introduction to their music as my bosses are friends and fans of the band and were desperate to catch the set, and most importantly to be down at the front of the stage for it. We caught up with the guys for a drink the night before and as well as making some cracking tunes they're lovely chaps which is always an endearing factor for a band! Listen to the EP below for an introduction to the band... the closing track (Pause) is probably my favourite and I can't wait to hear more from the guys!

If you like what you're hearing you're in luck as Low Island are heading out for a couple of headline shows in London at Corsica Studios on the 8th and 9th of November courtesy of Parallel Lines - if you're in Oxford they're playing as part of the inaugural Ritual Union fest along Cowley Road on 21st October, more info here.

Friday, 11 August 2017

WATCH: Adam Barnes - 'Bad Luck'

My favourite bearded muso Adam Barnes returned with a new single entitled Bad Luck recently and I'm excited to share this beautiful performance of the track for 7 Layers. Following up his One Day We'll Be Fine EP from the end of 2015, the track is the first single from Adam's upcoming record - I'll be sure to share details of that when they're released! For now, why not go back and check out Adam's back catalogue including his 2013 album The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath on his Soundcloud page!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

WATCH: Baio releases video for 'Man of the World'

Baio has released the completely tongue-in-cheek and kind of brilliant video for the title track of his second solo album, Man of the World. If Spotify playlists are your thing, you'll find this on mine here - be sure to follow it for my favourite tunes throughout the year! The track has picked up play on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, with the album following the 2015 record The Names which features such tunes as Sister of Pearl. Baio tours the US later in the year with UK shows to be announced - keep an eye on his website... if you've seen Vampire Weekend live (he's the bassist) you'll know that he's quite the showman and his live shows aren't to be missed!

Monday, 7 August 2017

WATCH: Wildwood Kin release video for 'Taking A Hold'

Family trio Wildwood Kin have released the video for Taking A Hold, taken from their upcoming and highly-anticipated debut album Turning Tides, due out on 18th August. Following in the steps of The Staves and Haim, the girls have had a great year so far, gaining praise from the likes of Jo Whiley, Steve Wright and Bob Harris and performing at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and The Great Escape.

The track, with its haunting vocals, tight harmonies and infectious guitar lines, has become a live favourite - if you're enjoying it then you can catch the trio live this Autumn as they are touring around the UK in October and November. The tour includes a London headline show at The Borderline on 6th November - grab your tickets for all of the shows on their site here, where you'll also find the album pre-order links!

Thursday, 3 August 2017

WATCH: Everything Everything - 'Desire'

Unless you've been living under a rock you'll probably have noticed that the impeccable Everything Everything are back in our lives with new tunes taken from upcoming album A Fever Dream which is due out in just a couple of weeks (nobody panic!) Following up the first single Can't Do the guys premiered a corker of a tune entitled Desire on BBC Radio 1 on Tuesday night and it's been circling in my head since. They've just released the music video, which is equally brilliant and directed by Dave Tree, and the live performance element is making me fairly impatient for a tour announcement... They're one of the best and most fun bands I've had the pleasure of seeing and I can't wait to hear the new tracks performed live! Their last record Get To Heaven was my joint favourite record of 2015 so you could say I've got some pretty high expectations of this album but it's incredibly reassuring to hear Alex say on BBCR1 that "I think this is the best thing we've done", with Jonathan describing the track as being about "wanting something so much you don't care about the consequences of getting it" - check out the show here from around 31 min!

Everything Everything release their fourth studio album A Fever Dream on 18th August - get pre-ordering here (they've even got signed goodies on their official store!)

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

LISTEN: Spilt Milk Society - 'She Tastes Like Summer'

To stand out in my inbox it sometimes helps to have a cool band name... and Spilt Milk Society certainly tick that box. They're a five piece indie-rock band from the Midlands and they recently released new tune She Tastes Like Summer. Opening with limited instrumentation the track begins quietly, building to a raucous, anthemic end, yet the almost delicate and exposed vocals remain at the forefront throughout. With comparisons to the likes of The Maccabees it's certainly easy to hear the similarities, but these guys are creating a name for themselves with a string of sold out hometown shows, a performance at The Great Escape on the BBC Introducing stage and over 500k streams (including 400k on For The Last Time) under their belts. If you fancy catching them live, they're playing a free entry show at The Finsbury on August 17th - Facebook event here! Get listening to the new tune below...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

WATCH: Seramic perform 'Trying' at Bushstock 2017

As I'm heading to Shepherd's Bush this evening for the Music for Grenfell show with the likes of The Hoosiers and Sam Swallow performing, I'm reminiscing over the wonderful day of live music that was this year's Bushstock Festival back in June. A huge highlight for me was a secret set from one of my favourite new acts Seramic, with Marcus and Layla bringing their beautiful voices and stunning harmonies to a tiny Shepherd's Bush wine bar with simply a keyboard to accompany them. The set left me grinning from ear to ear, telling friends at the festival what they'd just missed, and I remember writing on Twitter that it was no exaggeration to say that the set was one of the best things I'd ever seen. They had released the I Got You EP not long before the festival and closed their set with its final track, which also happens to be my favourite from the EP, the wonderfully emotional Trying. Thankfully the performance was caught on camera and a video of them performing the track has been uploaded recently - get watching below to have your socks blown off by their voices.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

LISTEN: Tom Figgins releases EP title track 'Run'

Back in April Tom Figgins played his first London headline show at The Islington, playing tunes from his Ghosts EP and treating us to some entirely new tracks. He's just released Run, the title track of his new EP which is due out in Autumn... any track with strings from Tom Hobden is certainly worth a listen! Talking about the track, Tom F quotes that it is "a song about finding strength and freedom through moving on to something new. It describes a sudden awareness that you might explode, if you don’t get out there and change things. The chorus represents the flow of relief that inevitably follows that change and an air of hope as you step out in to the unknown." Following the show back in April which sold out and was a total dream to run the door for, Tom is headlining Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on 10th October - grab your tickets for the show here

Monday, 24 July 2017

LISTEN: Panda Cult release 'Blue Angel'

The intriguingly named Panda Cult are a new band from Liverpool, for fans of the likes of All Tvvins and The 1975. They're serving up a slice of indie-funk with second tune Blue Angel which they self-released earlier in the month. Officially forming back in March, they're a group of friends creating music out of love and passion for it and it certainly shows in this absolute tune. They've already turned heads at their local BBC Introducing and play at the Hope and Glory Festival in Liverpool on August 6th. Get listening to the track below and give the guys a like on Facebook here!

Friday, 21 July 2017

LISTEN: Catgod release 'Someone Love' EP

Exciting day for new music! Dan Croll's new record Emerging Adulthood is finally out, and my Oxford pals Catgod have just released their Someone Love EP today, the title track of which has been making waves on Radio 6 with Lauren Laverne choosing it as her 'Headphones Moment' a few weeks ago. The EP is atmospheric, funky, experimental and all kinds of beautiful, and I'm particularly digging I'm Innocent which as quickly become a live favourite at the shows I've caught the band playing over the last few months!

Following their EP launch show in Oxford last night and a slot at Truck Festival today alongside Low Island, Slate Hearts, Coldredlight and more, they're carrying on full steam ahead, playing an intimate EP launch show at The Harrison in London's King's Cross next Thursday (27th July) with Laish and Anna McRae in support - tickets for that show here! 

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

LISTEN: Elias - 'Hope'

Introducing Elias, a musician from Sweden who has been getting a lot of attention with his previous releases from the likes of Annie Mac and the Swedish Grammy's. His new track, Hope, gives a taste of what is to come from his debut album, due later in the year through Warner Music. The track, following up Thinking of You, is giving me hints of Alex Vargas with its soulful and emotional vocals. Check out the new track below and keep an eye out on news of Elias' debut album later in the year!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

LISTEN: Benjamin Clementine - 'God Save The Jungle'

Winner of the Mercury Prize in 2015 for his debut album At Least For Now, Benjamin Clementine is back with news of its follow up, I Tell A Fly. Following its first track, Phantom of Aleppoville, he has released God Save The Jungle, a track alluding to the notorious camp in Calais. Speaking about his role as an artist, Benjamin says that "I am neither a politican nor prophet, but an artist who creates to only entertain is no better than a con" and hopes that the album "fulfils its purpose as the continuation from 'At Least For Now'". Pre-order the new record here.

Benjamin Clementine tours the UK in November/December as part of an extensive run of European shows, including a headline show at Brixton's O2 Academy as well as shows in Brighton, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Gateshead and Bristol. Full dates and ticket info are on his site here!

Monday, 17 July 2017

TOUR NEWS: The Hoosiers 10th anniversary tour (Nov 2017)

What a way to kick off the week - my favourite band The Hoosiers are celebrating the tenth (!!) anniversary of their hit debut album The Trick To Life with their biggest tour for several years, taking in 27 shows around the UK in October and November. They'll be releasing the album on vinyl for the first time for a limited run as well as a 2CD edition with extra tracks. All the dates are here, with tickets going on pre-sale at 10am this Wednesday.

Full dates:

Fri 29th Sep: The Bodega, Nottingham
Sun 1st Oct: MK11, Milton Keynes
Tues 3rd: The Lounge, Canterbury
Weds 4th: Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
Thurs 5th: The Boileroom, Guildford
Fri 6th: The Sugarmill, Stoke
Sat 7th: Kasbah, Coventry
Tues 10th: Waterfront, Norwich
Weds 11th: O2 Academy 2, Leicester
Thurs 12th: O2 Academy 2, Oxford
Fri 13th: Scala, London
Sat 14th: The Venue, Derby
Weds 18th: Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Thurs 19th: Subscription Rooms, Stroud
Fri 20th: Komedia, Bath
Sat 21st: Phoenix, Exeter
Sun 22nd: Fleece, Bristol
Weds 25th: Academy 3, Manchester
Thurs 26th: O2 Academy 2, Sheffield
Fri 27th: The Live Rooms, Chester
Tues 31st: Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe
Weds 1st Nov: O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
Thurs 2nd: Potterrow, Edinburgh
Fri 3rd: King Tuts, Glasgow
Sat 4th: Diamond Lounge, Doncaster
Sun 5th: Engine Shed, Lincoln
Mon 6th: The Horn, St Albans

Friday, 14 July 2017

WATCH: Public Service Broadcasting release 'Making of Every Valley' documentary

I'm partial to a good music documentary and really enjoyed getting an insight into the process of making what is a pretty unique album, the new record from Public Service Broadcasting. As I write this I've just found out that the record, Every Valley, a concept album of sorts about the mining industry in Wales, reached number four in the album charts after its release last week - incredible work for a fairly niche band. Check out the 'making of' documentary below and grab the new record through the band's site here!

Thursday, 13 July 2017

WATCH: Hider - 'Yosemite'

Following a six year break from making music as a solo artist, in which he sold guitars on Denmark Street and produced for other artists as well as composing for adverts and film trailers, a previously acclaimed singer-songwriter (who... your guess is as good as mine!) has returned under the apt moniker Hider. The anonymous songster has just released a summery new tune, Yosemite, which has hints of Foster The People about it in the chorus and is the follow up to first single You Look So Amazing. The track is a time capsule of youthful summer love, about which Hider explains that “I’ve always found it easier to write sad songs and often reflect on the past in my songs. With ‘Yosemite’ I wanted to write a song to express how I am feeling right now in my current relationship without being too soppy or emotional, a positive celebratory love song.”

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

TOUR NEWS: Lucy Rose and Charlie Cunningham (November 2017)

Following the release of her new record Something's Changing last week Lucy Rose has announced a mammoth November UK tour including a show at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire and the beautiful SJE Arts in Oxford. Support comes from folk heartthrob Charlie Cunningham who I caught at SJE supporting Stornoway back in 2015 - check out his tune Telling It Wrong for the Mahogany Sessions here! All the dates are here and tickets for the tour will be available from 9am tomorrow in the pre-sale, and on general sale on Friday (14th).

LISTEN: Roo Panes - 'Soldier of Hope'

How lovely to have the beautiful voice of Roo Panes back with a new track, somewhat of an interlude between his 2016 record Paperweights and some new music. It isn't quite new, as Soldier of Hope is a track he wrote nearly 11 years ago but it is all kinds of beautiful so I'm glad that he decided to record it! Writing about the track, Roo says that "It's a very simple track, and it's not a single release or anything, but I just wanted to share it with you as its a song with a story! I hope it's something for you to enjoy whilst I continue writing some new stuff!" If Roo's music is new to you and you're enjoying this, I recommend checking out his latest record Paperweights which kicks off with the beautiful tune Stay With Me.

Monday, 10 July 2017

LISTEN: Banfi release 'She Comes Home'

Unless you're new to the blog (in which case hello!) then you'll probably be aware of how much I love London's Banfi... they've spent 2017 going from strength to strength, following up some fantastic singles with a run of free residency shows, a support tour with Bear's Den and lots of festival slots (including Bushstock where they played the best set I've seen them do so far!) A favourite from their live set for me is She Comes Home, so I'm really excited that they released the studio version of the track last week - get listening below! With four singles under their belts I hope that an album draws ever closer, but first they're heading on their first headline tour in September with shows at The Lexington in London, The Cellar in Oxford and lots of other cities - see the full dates and ticket info here!

WATCH: Willie J Healey - 'People and Their Dogs'

Though I've been a fan for a couple of years, with an album name like People and Their Dogs Oxford's Willie J Healey certainly recaptured my attention, and he's just released the video for the title track of the album. Featuring some pretty questionable dancing and some adorable dogs - but sadly no dancing dogs - the video and track are equally funky and I can't wait to hear more from Willie when the record is released on 18th August. If you dig this, be sure to check out his tracks Greys (also featuring a cute dog in the video) and Lazy Shade Of Pink and pre-order the record here! 

Friday, 7 July 2017

GIG NEWS: Music for London at St Stephen's Church (27th July)

Since the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington just over three weeks ago the resilience and unity shown by local residents and those further afield has been astounding. The music world too has done its bit to help with various benefit concerts and a huge charity single, and there's some more exciting news to come from this awful tragedy as Sam Swallow (ex keys player, backing vocalist and all round legend for The Hoosiers) and friends have organised what they promise to be "an evening of fantastic music to lift everyone's spirits in this difficult time and bring our community together". The concert will take place in the stunning surroundings of St Stephen's Church in Shepherd's Bush, where Sam, The Hoosiers, Alessi's Ark and more will be performing, all for the total bargain price of £10, with donations and money raise through the bar being donated to the tower fund. Join the Facebook event for the show here and grab your tickets here for what is sure to be a special night of wonderful live music! To whet your appetites, here are The Hoosiers performing the beautiful Don't Say What Nobody Wants to Hear in the church a few years ago!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

WATCH: Lucy Rose - 'Something's Changing'

Last Summer Lucy Rose headed off on a tour of South America, playing free shows that were booked by fans who had all asked Lucy to play in their towns. The fans put her up in their houses, showing her around their towns and countries and, as Lucy wrote in tour diaries at the time, quickly came to feel like friends. It's pretty difficult to imagine just how special the tour must have been but now we don't have to, as Lucy yesterday released her documentary Something's Changing, featuring footage from the tour and some really heartfelt narration about her connection with her fans. I actually wrote about the tour a few months back for an essay about the changing relationship between fans and musicians which we're seeing as a result of social media, coming to the conclusion that this tour was a wonderful thing, and watching this documentary has only cemented that belief! Hearing Lucy speak about how fans are often wrongly stigmatised for the passion they show artists and how this should in fact be appreciated and reciprocated gives me so much happiness, and we would certainly benefit from having more artists like Lucy. She recently played a Glastonbury rehearsal with some fans who have listened to her the most on Spotify and last night met fans who had pre-ordered her upcoming record to personally deliver their albums and hang out with them in her local pub. I highly recommend you take 20 minutes to check out the documentary and become acquainted with Lucy and her beautiful tunes!

Lucy Rose releases a record of the same name as the documentary, Something's Changing, this Friday (7th) - pre-order it here!

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

LISTEN: Delafaye - 'West Coast Vibes'

I'm digging this new track from Kentucky artist Delafaye (aka Andrew Shockley) which was submitted to my inbox a couple of weeks ago. West Coast Vibes was rather modestly (but perhaps pretty common nowadays?!) recorded in the artist's bedroom, and explores a brief but deep past relationship. The track is taken from his forthcoming Highlands EP which is due out this Friday (7th July) through London record label Street Mission Records. Highlands is the follow up to his debut EP The Hilltop which received over one and a half million plays on Spotify, which sounds pretty crazy when Delafaye only played his live debut a few weeks ago playing a support slot to San Fermin in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. Get listening below and pre-order the EP on iTunes here!

Friday, 30 June 2017

LISTEN: James Walker - 'Next To Me'

I'm heading down to London soon to meet up with a friend and go and catch The Maccabees play the penultimate show of their farewell tour... lots of excitement and a fairly distracted mind but I'm using up my last minutes at home checking out one of so many brilliant new releases today (I'll certainly be posting about the new Catgod track I'm Innocent soon, love them cool cats.) 

This track comes from Oxfordshire soloist James Walker, who I met through his work playing keys with Adam Barnes a couple of years ago, and who contributed to my dissertation back in December with an interview about Sofar Sounds and house shows. The new track Next To Me is the first release since James' brilliant Modern Medicine EP last year and is taken from his upcoming debut album, English Bones, due out in November which I can't wait to hear more of. Writing about the track online, James wrote that it is a song "about being with someone out of habit, rather than out of love. How it feels to be so intimate with someone that you feel detached from. It's the feeling of slipping away when you're holding onto them at night, of going for dinner and having nothing to say to each other." Get listening below!

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